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Asteroid 2012 DA14 is closing in for a close encounter – and a swift kick

 
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Asteroid 2012 DA14 is closing in for a close encounter – and a swift kick
It may sound unsettling to hear that a potential killer known as asteroid 2012 DA14 will be coming closer to Earth than telecommunication satellites on Feb. 15, but don't panic: Earth's gravitational field will give it such a kick that we'll never have to worry about it again.

"It has been getting closer to the earth for quite a while," Donald Yeomans, the head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told reporters on Thursday during a preview for the close encounter. "This is the closest predicted [flyby] for this object both in the past and in the future."

NASA's calculations show that Earth's gravity will perturb the 150-foot-wide (45-meter-wide) asteroid's orbital period, which had been getting close to Earth's own one-year orbit. "Earth is going to put this one in an orbit that is considerably safer than the orbit it has been in," Yeomans said.

That makes 2012 DA14 nothing more than one of the universe's most vivid reminders that we live in a cosmic shooting gallery.
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14 is closing in for a close encounter – and a swift kick
Until North Korea turns on their secret tractor beam and pulls it into the atmosphere!
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14 is closing in for a close encounter – and a swift kick
Until North Korea turns on their secret tractor beam and pulls it into the atmosphere!
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